I don't have the economics background to speak to the feasibility of universal basic income, so I'm not going to try, but after a conversation on the topic with Shira of ShiraDest, I thought it would be interesting to explore the potential benefits for people with mental illness. What universal basic income is While various… Continue reading The Benefits of Universal Basic Income for People with Mental Illness
Today is World Kindness Day. How will you be kind?
On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, the guns of World War I fell silent in 1918. On Remembrance Day, we honour all of those who have laid down their lives, before and after, in service of our freedom. Lest we forget.
We all have a mix of many different factors that shape our worldview. I thought I'd tell you some of mine and hopefully you'll tell me some of yours. Growing up Education was highly valued in my family. My parents also believed in being very careful with money and not spending money you didn't have… Continue reading What Influences Your Worldview?
ACLU Washington Good morning, my American friends. It's election day! Your country is depending on you, and in many ways, the world is depending on you. Voting is your power, and if you haven't voted already, today is the time to exercise that power. ACLU NorCal
With an election looming, lots of figures from politicals are getting tossed around all the time. But what do those figures actually mean, if anything? To understand that, it's important to look at how polling works. Sample The sample is the people that the pollers gather opinions from. The goal is to get a sample… Continue reading What Political Polls Mean – And What They Don’t
su This came to mind recently because of a comment I saw on someone's blog to do with a news site requiring a subscription to read article. With the explosion of the internet in recent years and the vast amount of content that's available, we've come to expect things to be free. Except none of… Continue reading The “Free” Things Online Are Never Actually Free
Part of this graphic is from And Still I Vote The voter registration deadline in some US states is October 4.ABC News state by state deadline list As ordinary citizens, there are a lot of things that we don't have control over. There's a lot of money, power, special interests, and connections that determine who… Continue reading Your Vote Matters
Photo by Robin Hammond, The Guardian, Feb 3/20 – small, low-resolution version included here as fair use for critical analysis of subject matter of high public significance The man in the photo above has a chain around his ankle, and he's chained to the tree he's leaning against. That's his wife, and he has a… Continue reading Mentally Ill People In Chains – A Disturbing Reality
The Hall of Names at Yad Vashem – David Shankbone / CC BY-SA from Wikimedia Commons Yesterday, I saw that the Holocaust was trending on Twitter. It turns out that it was because of new survey results. Claims Conference released the results of its U.S. Millennial Holocaust Knowledge and Awareness Survey, which surveyed 18 to… Continue reading The Holocaust and the Failure of the US Education System